Prosecutor in the dock

BULAWAYO - Acting regional public prosecutor, Vincent Shava, 50, who was this week arrested for allegedly receiving a bribe from a rape suspect has been granted bail.

 

Shava, who is stationed at Bulawayo Tredgold Magistrates’ Court, was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Gladys Mushowe facing two counts of fraud on Friday last week.



He was released on a $500 bail.

As part of his bail conditions Shava was ordered not to interfere with State witnesses as well as submit his passport to the State.

Prosecutor Simbarashe Manyiwa told the court that on February 5 last year, one Vusumuzi Ndlovu was arrested on allegations of rape which were levelled against him by his daughter.

He was arraigned before the courts and was remanded in custody at Khami Prison from February 8 to April 2014.
Ndlovu was later released on bail pending trial.

However, on November 2, 2015, Shava phoned Ndlovu and told him to come to his office at number 109 Tredgold building in the city.

Shava reportedly asked for $400 from Ndlovu so that he would destroy the docket, with the latter promising to pay the money in instalments.

On November 9, Ndlovu proceeded to the prosecutor’s office where he gave him $100 and promised to bring the outstanding balance at the beginning of December, the court heard.

On the second day of December, Ndlovu reported the matter to the police leading to a trap being set up.

A police team then obtained a $100 note serial number KE85104350A from Ndlovu which was photocopied and certified as a true copy of the original.

The complainant was then given back the trap money and he then contacted the accused through a cell-phone and agreed on a rendezvous.

The police team then went to the agreed place and when the accused arrived he was handed the trap money but before he could leave, he was arrested.

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